Which NHL tickets are the best value?

Last year, the Los Angeles Kings took home the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years, defeating the New York Rangers in five games. The Kings opened up the series with two victories at home at the Staples Center, winning the first game of the series 3-2 in overtime, then took the second as well with a 5-4 double overtime victory.  With the series heading back to New York, the Kings dominated Game 3, winning 3-0 with goalie Jonathan Quick pitching a shutout.  The Rangers were able to take Game 4, sending the series back to Los Angeles where the Kings finished off their incredibly playoff run with a 3-2 Double overtime victory to clinch the Cup.

As we approach the 2014-15 season, the Kings will look to make it three championships in four years and fans looking to see them play live are going to have to pay quite a premium.  LA Kings tickets have an average price of $145 currently on the secondary market, with the opener against San Jose being the most expensive game of the season for them at an average ticket price of $330.  The cheapest ticket available for the opener is $141.

While Kings tickets will certainly cost a premium, the same cannot be said for many 2014 playoff teams. For example, Dallas Stars tickets have an average price of $121, only $24 lower than the Kings, but you can attend a Stars game for less than $20 per ticket for sixteen of their forty-one home games.  The Stars have a young team, led by former Boston Bruin Tyler Seguin, and expectations are much higher this season following last year’s impressive finish.

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Another Western Conference team with relatively low-priced tickets is the Anaheim Ducks.  The Ducks were the Western Conference regular season champions last year, leading all but one team in the NHL with 116 points (the Bruins had 117.) Presently, Ducks tickets have an average price of $99.  The opener against the Minnesota Wild – another 2014 playoff team – has tickets available for as low as $24.

In the Eastern Conference, the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets have many great deals available for the 2014-15 regular season.  Led by 2012-13 Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus won their first playoff game in franchise history last year against the Pittsburgh Penguins. With an average ticket price of just $112, Blue jackets tickets are on of the cheaper options – and thus best values – for Eastern Conference playoff teams from last year. And with several NHL-ready prospects in the system, including this past year’s first round pick Sonny Milano, chances are the Blue Jackets will be good for years to come.

The Tampa Bay Lightning returned to the postseason last year, falling to the Canadiens in the first round, but proving that their Eastern Conference final run from a few years ago was no fluke.  With 101 points during the 2013-14 campaign, the Lightning were one of just four teams to crack 100 last season.  Boasting one of the best players in the world in Steven Stamkos, the Lightning are an exciting team to see live and with an average ticket price of just $131, it won’t cost you much to see him.  Stamkos was out for much of last season with a leg injury so if he can stay on the ice for all or most of the 82 game schedule, the Lightning will be back in the playoff hunt for sure.